The pair of stones on this kid at just 17 years of age.
A young member of Team USA's hockey program has just made a name for himself with an absolutely outstanding goal and one that comes on the biggest stage and in the biggest moment of his very young hockey career. On Friday night Canada and the United States of America were facing off in the an under 18 tournament
Aaron Huglen, a 17 year old who will be eligible to be drafted into the National Hockey League in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, pulled off an incredible that was made all the more impressive given that it happened in a tie game and in the semi final of a tournament against Team Canada. The tournament is the Hlinka Gretzky Cup an annual under 18 tournament that was previously known as the Nations Cup and U-18 Junior World Cup as well as the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
The play saw Huglen pick up the puck from the side of the Canadian net after a shot from a teammate has resulted in a rebound landing near his stick. Huglen then picked up the pick and began to skate around the net before putting the puck on the blade of his stick, lifting the stick into the air, and scoring a lacrosse style wrap around goal on the Canadians. Huglen not only demonstrated his skill but also his terrific hockey IQ on this play as it looks to me as if he made the decision to go for this move extremely quickly. The fluidity with which he grabs the puck and the begins to prepare for his move suggest that he immediately committed to the play and the way he makes it look so easy also speaks to his confidence.
It's a moment like this that can get you on the radar of a number of franchises in the National Hockey League and no doubt there will now be teams who pay attention to his development over the course of the next season. Huglen will continue to develop in Team USA's program and has also committed to the University of Minnesota and may have a very bright future ahead of him.